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Holland America Line is an established cruise line offering luxury cruises, ideal for special occasions, fans of traditional cruising and those interested in varied destinations. Gracefully designed, with spacious public rooms boasting fine art and antiques, any one of Holland America Line's cruise ships will effortlessly delight. When it comes to your time onboard you can expect delicious cuisine, fun activities and dazzling evening entertainment, as well as exclusive BBC Earth Experiences and live chamber music. Combined with the amazing destinations visited during your cruise, a holiday with HAL is one you won’t forget in a hurry.

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No matter where you’re sailing to with HAL, you can sample delicious cuisine from all over the world in the amazing onboard dining venues. With a mix of restaurants included and other speciality options available to celebrate a special occasion, there’s something for every taste onboard.

Included Dining

With breakfast, lunch and dinner at a variety of impressive restaurants included in your cruise fare, you'll never have to eat the same meal twice. The Main Dining Room is the place to go for classic cruise ship dining, or if you're looking for something more casual, Lido Marketplace features dishes that all the family will love. Meanwhile, comfort food is never far away thanks to New York Pizza and Dive-In.

Speciality Dining

Treat yourself to speciality dining during your Holland America Line Cruise and enjoy a more exclusive mealtime at sea. From surf and turf at Pinnacle to classic Italian dishes at Canaletto or Seafood at Asian fusion at Tamarind, this is the perfect opportunity to try cuisine from around the world without leaving the ship.


Holland America Line has a range of bars and lounges that bring evenings onboard their ships to life. For any cocktail lovers, there are plenty of spots to choose from. Crow’s Nest offers stunning views, while mix serves a combination of Martinis, spirits and ales or for those who are real enthusiasts when it comes to Whiskey, Notes is the place to be.

If you enjoy music, then the live performances in the evenings are a real highlight of cruising with Holland and America Line, where you can enjoy some of the best acts at sea in either the main theatre or more intimate bars and lounges. Genres span from live chamber music to piano singalongs and rock and roll hits.

Alternatively, the onboard casino on every ship is always popular once the sun sets, with hordes of cruisers hoping to hit the jackpot on one of the slot machines or games tables.


While Holland America Line understands the important role that a holiday plays in bringing the family together to make amazing memories, they also know that kids like to play and have fun with others their age, which is why they offer Club HAL. With dedicated clubs for different age groups, even the youngest guests will love their cruise experience and with highly trained and experienced staff, parents can be safe in the knowledge that their kids are being well cared for.

  • Kids programs- for those aged 3 to 6, there's the chance to get arty, do some singing and dancing and go on treasure hunts, all while they make friends with other little ones.
  • Tweens programs- theme parties, gaming tournaments and ice-cream eating competitions are just a taste of the fun that 7-12 year olds can have during a HAL cruise.
  • Teens programs- 13-17 year olds haven't been forgotten and with everything from mocktail parties to themed events and trivia contests, parents will have a hard time getting their teenagers back!


Holland America Line sail to all four corners of the world, cruising to 14 unique destinations only accessible with HAL, totalling more than 473 ports.

  • Europe- Explore the Norwegian Fjords, Mediterranean or Baltic
  • Asia- Take in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai Bangkok and Manila all in one wondrous adventure.
  • Americas- Discover wild Alaska, paradise islands in the Caribbean, the top US landmarks and the natural diversity of South America and even Antarctica.
  • Australasia- From the classic cities of Australia to the natural wonders of New Zealand, the myriad of pacific islands are also at your fingertips.

Holland America Line also sails to Iceland - read more about what you can do in Iceland in our recent blog - Top Things to do in Iceland. Alternatively, read our blog - 10 Must-Visit Cruise Line Private Islands to find out more about HAL's private island, Half Moon Cay.

World Cruises

Holland America cruises also set sail on a 108-day grand world voyage which will take you to the far reaches of Antarctica, as you explore the 4 corners of the world on Prinsendam.

Fly Cruises

Most cruises with HAL are fly cruises with free economy flights from Glasgow, Manchester and London. Regional flights from other UK airports are available at a supplement.

Alternatively, you can explore our complete collection of luxury cruises here. You can also read our recent blog post, Top Things to do on a Holland America Line Alaska Cruise to read more about the extraordinary Alaskan cruises they offer.

Things to do

While exploring places in the world that you’ve never visited before may be the main draw of a cruise, this doesn’t mean that your free time spent on the ship has to be anything less than memorable, and with so many different activities to choose from you’ll struggle to fit it all in. Some of the highlights include:

  • Spa and fitness- the Greenhouse Spa & Salon is available for guests at an extra cost, with experienced staff ready and waiting to introduce you to new levels of pampering. Whether you choose a massage, a facial or to simply sit back in the sauna and let your worries evaporate into thin air, you’ll leave feeling like your best self. In addition, the gym is perfect for anyone looking to keep up with their workouts.
  • America’s Test Kitchen- live onboard cooking shows and interactive workshops which let guests get hands-on with the food.
  • BBC Earth Experiences- thanks to groundbreaking concerts and films, guests will be transported deep into the ocean and natural world.
  • Shopping- enjoy a range of duty-free shopping onboard a HAL cruise selling everything from beautiful jewelry to high-end fashion.

Useful Information

Have It All!

Book your Holland America cruise with us and you get the “Have It All" package as standard! This includes:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Signature Beverage Package
  • Shore excursion credit
  • Speciality dining (1-3 nights depending on your itinerary)
  • Gratuities

Offered on a range of cruises, it's a popular upgrade option. Keep in mind, however, that the Have it All fare is not included automatically, but can be added on for tailormade and cruise and stay deals too!

Holland America Line Suites

No matter where in the world you're travelling, you'll be sure to enjoy luxurious downtime and restful nights when you choose to stay in one of Holland America Line's exceptional suites.

  • Vista Suites- upgrade your stateroom to a Vista Suite where you'll be treated to your own private veranda, mini-bar, spacious bathroom and floor-to-ceiling glass doors giving you unbeatable ocean views.
  • Signature Suites- a step up from the Vista Suites, here you'll be able to enjoy all the same perks, as well as more space and even a whirlpool bath.
  • Neptune Suites- as well as your relaxing and spacious Neptune suite, you'll also get exclusive access to the Neptune Lounge where you'll find complimentary sparkling wine on embarkation and hors d'oeuvres every evening.
  • Pinnacle Suites- the largest suites onboard, you'll have more than enough space to relax after a busy day, enjoy room service on the veranda and wind down in the Neptune Lounge.

See more about cruise ship suites here on our blog.

Explorations Central

HAL takes you to not only the heart of the destinations, but also to the soul of each place you visit. At the exploration central helpdesk you get expert advice on shore excursions as well as use of the handy touch screen to research what’s available. The Navigator App available free on your phone or device is also brilliant for planning your schedule.

The ‘EXC’ also provides onboard EXC Talks to learn more about each fascinating destination with immersive presentations by local and field experts. Meanwhile, ashore EXC Culture lets you take in local arts workshops and performances such as tribal dances and singing to truly experience the culture.

Also available on select regions and sailings:

  • EXC Nature
  • EXC Port to Table
  • EXC Photography
  • EXC Excursions

Each ship has 28 accessible cabins including a choice of four insides, five outsides, 13 balcony cabins and six deluxe balcony cabins. Holland America Line's unique wheelchair-accessible tender transfer system makes boarding tender boats much easier for passengers with mobility issues. Holland America Line do not, however, allow heavy wheelchairs or scooters onboard tenders.

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Plant-based perfection on a plate

Those of you sailing on Holland America Line will be pleased to know that it's one of the best cruise lines for vegans, offering a sensational 22-item menu tailored to both vegetarian and vegan diets.

Holland America Line Top FAQs

  • Yes, cabins onboard Holland America Line ships are fitted with two-pin plug sockets, so you will need to bring an adaptor to use appliances such as hair straighteners and phone charges which have a UK-style plug.

  • All entertainment onboard Holland America Line ships is included in your cruise fare. This covers everything from live music in B.B. King's Blues Club, to the magnificent and elaborate productions on The Mainstage.

  • There is a fairly relaxed dress code onboard all ships, all that is asked is that smart casual wear is worn in the restaurants - this includes smart jeans. Those who wish to be a part of Gala nights should wear more formal attire on these occasions such as cocktail dresses and pant suits, and all other guests will be asked to dine in the casual restaurants.

  • Holland America Line use US Dollars onboard, however, cash is only accepted in the casinos. All other onboard purchases will be charged to your onboard account. This account is activated by registering a credit or debit card, from which a charge of $60USD per person per day will be held during the cruise. If you do not wish to register a card, this amount will need to be provided in cash instead.

  • Holland America's "Have It All" package includes Wi-Fi as standard, which is automatically added to any of our retail offerings. If you have a tailor-made / cruise and stay package this is not included automatically but can be added on when booking. If you just want Wi-Fi and none of the other great benefits of "Have It All", other internet packages are available to purchase before departure or onboard but for the best value, we really recommend opting for the "Have It All" fare. In addition, if you book early enough, there is even an elevated package with premium Wi-Fi.

Food and Drink

  • Any guests with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary needs should mention these at the time of booking, and then again the the restaurant managers when onboard. If your allergy is life-threatening you will need to complete Holland America Line's 'Special Requirements Information' form, and provide details in order for the crew to make the necessary arrangements to avoid cross-contamination of your food.

  • Yes, guests can help themselves to tea and coffee from the Lido buffet, or it is possible to order some via Room Service at no additional charge.

  • Yes, room service is included in your cruise fare - unless otherwise stated on the menu in your stateroom - so it's possible to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the privacy of your own accommodation if preferred.

  • There are no onboard restaurants open 24 hours, however Room Service is available at any time - day or night.

  • The cruise line can cater for vegan and vegetarian diets, it is advisable to inform of these needs at the time of booking, and again onboard to the restaurant manager.

Families and Kids

  • Holland America Line offer three different kid's clubs according to age groups: 3-7 years (5-7 on ms Prinsendam), 8-12 years, and 13-17 years. The clubs have an open door policy, and offer full supervision and a range of games and activities for young cruisers.

  • It is possible to arrange for babysitters to take care of your children during sea days. This is charged at $10 per hour for the first child, and $7 per hour for each additional child. This may not always be available as the service is supplied on a volunteer basis. If you would like to arrange this, speak to Guest Services early on.

  • Children with special needs are welcome in the kids clubs, and the onboard staff will do their best to accommodate all needs however one on one attention is unlikely to be available. More information is available here on our Autism Friendly Cruises blog.

  • Babies can travel with Holland America Line as long as they are more than six months old.

  • Yes, as long as the pregnancy has not reached the 24th week, and will not do so during the cruise, pregnant ladies should be fine to travel. Having said this, they will need to provide a letter from a health professional which specifies the due date, medical state, and that the pregnancy is not high-risk.

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